Group’s 50 years in Red Hot Town marked

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

From Hamer­s­ley Iron’s early work­ers through to Red Dog, the rich his­tory of Dampier was cel­e­brated with the per­for­mance of a cus­tom-writ­ten play at the week­end for the 50th an­niver­sary of the town’s com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion.

Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion marks half a cen­tury this year and com­mis­sioned WA per­for­mance com­pany Whiskey and Boots to help it ac­knowl­edge the area’s colour­ful legacy.

The play, Red Hot Town, fol­lowed the progress of a Dampier fam­ily over the decades as they grow up in a com­mu­nity full of out­door ad­ven­ture, colour­ful char­ac­ters such as Sam Os­to­jich from Sam’s Is­land and favourite haunts in­clud­ing the Mer­maid Pub and Dampier Chi­nese Restau­rant.

DCA pres­i­dent Gill Fur­long said the com­mu­nity group had de­cided to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary with a play to do “some­thing dif­fer­ent” that showed Dampier was “much more than just Red Dog”.

She said the DCA had run con­tin­u­ously for 50 years thanks to Dampier’s strong sense of com­mu­nity spirit.

“We’re cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the DCA vol­un­teer­ing to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place,” she said. “I be­lieve back in 1968 that Hamer­s­ley Iron pro­moted an as­so­ci­a­tion to be es­tab­lished to im­prove peo­ple’s lives and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, so I do be­lieve that it started with Hamer­s­ley Iron en­cour­ag­ing it.

“We have our cit­i­zen of the year award, which has been going now since back in the 70s, the Dampier mar­kets and the Dampier movies, and the Bil­ly­cart Derby — all these things that are about bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Whiskey and Boots per­form­ers Mark Storen and Ge­or­gia King spent four days in April meet­ing long-term Dampier res­i­dents, work­ers and school­child­ren as re­search for the play.

King said they felt priv­i­leged to have been able to tell the story of the town and its com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Whiskey and Boots’ Mark Storen and Ge­or­gia King in a scene from Red Hot Town.

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